Glary Utilities Pro 5

Had the best overall improvement in our tests
Increased startup speed by over 34%
Improved nearly all performance facets
Didn’t improve web browsing whatsoever
Wasn’t the easiest or fastest program to install
Didn’t recoup much storage space

Glary Utilities Pro was developed by Glarysoft Ltd. to be a comprehensive PC system utility program, with all kinds of computer maintenance tools for cleaning registries, freeing up disk space, managing drivers, tightening up privacy and maintaining security protocols.

It also includes over 20 other tools meant for improving and optimizing your computer. In each round of our tests, Glary Utilities Pro had a high diagnostic consistency score, and it performed the best overall in our comparison.


System Cleaner 7

Boosted bootup speed by over 52 percent
Easy to install and use
Includes licenses for up to three computers
Reduced word and data processing speeds
Consumed storage space instead of finding more
Lacks a file encryption tool

System Cleaner is a suite of optimization tools that, together, can improve your PC’s performance and help you maintain its overall health.


WinZip System Utilities

The software provides decent diagnostic consistency
It slowed our test computer’s boot-up time by 124 percent

With WinZip System Utilities Suite, you can easily improve aspects of your computer’s performance, recover storage space and maintain its health during future usage.


Here are some tasks you really should avoid:

Don’t bother with registry cleaning or repair.
Back in the ‘90s and early 2000s, Windows wasn’t particularly good at handling its own registry. Old machines often had convoluted and contradictory registries, so it made sense to use registry cleaners and repair software. However, even then you needed to be careful. Today, Windows is much better at taking care of its registry, and for most people there isn’t any good reason to mess with it. Even with PC system utility software, it’s best to leave out any registry cleaners since deleting the wrong registry can make things much worse.

Defragmenting your hard drive often only wears it out more quickly.
Disk defragmentation is another maintenance task that used to be more important than it is today. In the past, performing disk defrag on your hard disk drive (HDD) often resulted in a good amount of freed-up space and improved performance. In the last 10 or so years, however, HDDs have gotten much larger and faster, and operating systems have gotten more efficient in how information is written to the drives.

On a side note, you should never defragment a solid-state drive (SSD). Defragmenting is strictly for HDDs and was built with their physical read and write process in mind. SSDs do not work in the same way, and you can easily ruin a perfectly good SSD by trying to defrag it. Fortunately, most PC system utility software will warn you before you try to defrag an SSD.

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